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How To Reset PS4?

Learning how to reset PS4 is a necessary step in troubleshooting and resolving an issue in the device. This step can be useful to get a fresh start with the console. Or else if you are planning to sell your PS4 to your friends or family. In today’s post, I will tell you how to reset PS4 to factory settings in detail. A factory reset may help you to solve issues with your console like crashing, glitching, freezing, or other errors. Here, I’ve explained three ways to erase all these errors from your PS4. So, let’s now check out how to reset PS4 in more detail.

How To Reset PS4?

You can learn how to reset PS4 by using these three methods.

  • By Using Console’s Dashboard
  • By Using Safe Mode
  • Without Using A Controller

Before we start, you must remember that a factory reset can wipe out the console’s hard drive. It also removes its system software. So, make sure you pay extra attention to the backup of your data.

Without wasting much time, let’s now learn first learn how to reset PS4 using a controller when frozen.

Reset PS4 Using Console’s Dashboard

If you have the original console, Slim, or a Pro model here’s how to reset PS4 Slim/Pro from the console’s dashboard. 

  1. First, turn off your system to unplug any cables connected to the system.
  2. In case the PS4 is warm, allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
  3. Once it cools down, reconnect the cable and turn it back on.
  4. Now, sign in to your PS4 account.
  5. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  6. In this menu, locate and select Account Management.
  7. Next, press the Enter key.
  8. Then, select Activate as Your Primary PS4.
  9. Select Deactivate followed by YES if your PS4 is already activated.
  10. Again, sign in to your PS4 account.
  11. Then, open the Settings menu to select Initialization.
  12. From the list of options, select Initialize PS4.
  13. Under this section, select Full to clear your console’s hard drive.
  14. Now, wait for a few hours to complete the entire procedure.

This method will clear your all saved data, downloaded games, and other things you’ve added to the drive. Remember that to do this task, you need an extra controller.

Let us now check out how to factory reset PS4 without signing in.

Reset PS4 Using Safe Mode

Sometimes, you can’t get to your PS4’s dashboard due to software or system errors. You can try to factory reset your PS4 via Safe Mode.

Follow these steps to know how to reset PS4 in Safe Mode

  1. First, turn off your system to unplug any cables connected to the system.
  2. In case the PS4 is warm, allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
  3. Once it cools down, reconnect the cable and turn it back on.
  4. Now, locate the power button on your PS4.
  5. Press and hold this power button till you hear two beeps.
  6. Then, you’ll see a black screen when the system boots up in Safe Mode.
  7. On your TV screen, you’ll see a list of options.
  8. From this list, either choose the Restore Default Settings or Initialize PS4 options.
  9. You can also choose Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) to reset your console.
  10. Now, wait for a few hours to complete the entire procedure.

Most experts suggest selecting Initialize PS4 > Full if you’re not having any software issues with your PS4. Thus, this method will keep your operating system intact but clear your hard drive and reset the device back to its original settings.

Reset PS4 Without Controller

Do you know how to reset PS4 without a controller? You need a PS4 controller to reset your PS4 console. Surprisingly, you can even use other external devices like a keyboard, mouse, or Bluetooth device to do this task.

Follow these steps to reset your PS4 using a mouse.

  1. First, turn off your system to unplug any cables connected to the system.
  2. In case the PS4 is warm, allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
  3. Once it cools down, reconnect the cable and turn it back on.
  4. Now, plug in your mouse using its USB type-A end cable.
  5. Now, sign in to your PS4 account.
  6. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  7. In this menu, locate and select Account Management.
  8. Next, click on the Enter key.
  9. Then, select Activate as Your Primary PS4.
  10. Select Deactivate followed by YES if your PS4 is already activated.
  11. Again, sign in to your PS4 account.
  12. Then, open the Settings menu to select Initialization.
  13. From the list of options, select Initialize PS4.
  14. Under this section, select Full to clear your console’s hard drive.
  15. Now, wait for a few hours to complete the entire procedure.

In the same way, you can even connect an external keyboard with a USB type A connector. Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, you can select different options on the screen. You can also download the PlayStation app to interact with your PS4 using both iOS and Android devices.

Keep on reading to know how to reset the PS4 remote.

Reset PS4 Remote/Controller

By far, you’ve understood how to reset a PS4 to sell briefly. Resetting your PS4 can fix almost all issues you may experience with it. Similarly, it’s easy to reset your PS4 controller.

Follow these steps to know how to hard reset a PS4 controller.

  1. First, turn off your system to unplug any cables connected to the controller.
  2. In case the PS4 is warm, allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
  3. On the back of your controller, locate a small hole.
  4. You’ll find it near the L2 shoulder button.
  5. In this small hole, insert a paper clip or SIM ejecting tool.
  6. Keep this tool inserted into the hole for at least five seconds.
  7. This will help you to press the reset button inside the hole.
  8. Remove the pin and pair your console with PS4.

If the issue with your PS4 isn’t solved, consider rebuilding the console’s database or replacing it.

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FAQ

Does Resetting PS4 Delete Everything?

Once the console boots up, you will see the list of available options. Scroll down to the “Restore Default Settings” if you want to reset everything back to factory settings, but keep your user data. If you opt for “Initialize PS4”, you will wipe the user data and restore the console to the factory settings.

How Do I Factory Reset My PS4 With Control?

On the back of your controller, near the L2 shoulder button, you will see a small hole. Into that small hole, insert a paper clip or a similar tool you’ve got. Keep the tool inserted (which will press the reset button inside) for about five seconds. Your controller is now reset and ready to be paired with your console.

How Do I Reset My PS4 When It Wont Work?

Turn your system completely off and unplug any cables. Don’t set it to Rest Mode. Push the power button on your PS4 and hold it down until you hear two beeps—it should take about 8 seconds).

Is There A Reset Button On A PS4 Console?

Turn off and unplug your PS4 console. Locate the small reset button on the back of the controller near the L2 shoulder button. Use a small tool to push the button inside the tiny hole. Hold the button down for roughly 3-5 seconds.

Conclusion

In the above post, I’ve explained how to factory reset a PS4 controller in detail. When a controller keeps flashing blue, white, or red lights in the middle of playing a game, it needs a reset! This can freeze PS4 or stop as you play. The above instructions for resetting a PS4 can help you to correct these issues. You can choose the Initialize PS4 option or press the Power button to enable Safe Mode. However, you can choose the hard reset option if you don’t have a controller. Let’s now make a PS4 function back normally by learning how to reset PS4.

 

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